7 Wonders of the Ancient World

7 wonders of the world

If you were an ancient globetrotter or sight-seer, you might be a little unsure about where to go at first. After all, information didn’t travel very quickly, and you couldn’t check out pictures or travel guides of the places you were thinking of going — if you even knew where you wanted to go. Luckily, …

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Japanese Gods and Mythology: The Shinto Religion

Japanese Gods and Mythology: The Shinto Religion 1

Japanese mythology is as confusing and inconsistent as it is ancient and vivid. Historically, Shintoism was the primary religion practiced in Japan, but there’s more to the stories than that. Many Japanese gods have their roots in Buddhist, Korean, and Chinese traditions and stories, creating an intricate web of deities and myths in the Japanese …

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The Compromise of 1850: America’s Final Attempt to Pretend Slavery is OK

The Compromise of 1850: America's Final Attempt to Pretend Slavery is OK 2

Imagine that your house is on fire.  You see it, but instead of calling the fire department, you turn your back and pretend that it’s not happening. And then you look again, grimace, and sign a compromise with the house saying you’ll get to dealing with it in a little bit.  Hopefully, the house can …

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History of Japan: The Feudal Era to the Founding of Modern Periods

History of Japan: The Feudal Era to the Founding of Modern Periods 3

The long and tumultuous history of Japan, believed to have begun as far back as the prehistoric era, can be divided into distinct periods and eras. From the Jomon Period thousands of years ago to the current Reiwa Era, the island nation of Japan has grown into an influential global power.  Jomon Period: ~10,000 BCE- …

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